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ANZJPH Editor in Chief
Professor John Lowe
Professor John Lowe was Editor of the Australian and NewZealand Journal of Public Health (1998-2000) and prior to that, Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. He is Professor and Head of the School of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. His research interests are in cancer control and prevention and injury prevention. Since 1980, he has worked in the area of intervention studies for the cessation of smoking among adults, pregnant women, and the prevention and cessation of smoking among youth. He is internationally known for his work in the area of skin cancer prevention.
Today, Professor Lowe continues to focus his research on community development and empowerment to make sustainable long-term changes to promote health. His previous posts include Professor and Head of the Department of Community and Behavioural Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa in the US. While at the University of Iowa, he also held the position of Associate Director for Population Science of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Centre and directed two research centres, the CDC funded Iowa Prevention Research Centre and the Iowa Tobacco Research Centre. Prior to this he was Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine. Professor Lowe received his doctorate in Community Health/Behavioural Science from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, School of Public Health.
He is a Fellow of both the Australian Health Promotion Association and the American Academy of Health Behaviour.
Dr Priscilla Robinson
Priscilla Robinson is the academic co-ordinator for Master of Public Health program at La Trobe University in Victoria. She has extensive fieldwork and teaching experience having worked in primary health and public health departments in both Victoria and in England; she has been both a student and teacher at several Victorian universities, maintaining working relationships with various ongoing adjunct appointments. She has represented Australian Network of Academic Public Health Institutions at meetings in Europe and Canada, contributing to the debates on public health competencies, regulation or public health teaching and registration of public health practitioners. She supervises and teaches student research and is passionate (obsessive?) about methodological rigour, regardless of method. Her research interests are broadly described as epidemiological but wide ranging, covering communicable diseases, international health, and the relationship between the arts and public health (not as divergent as this might seem). As well as a range of academic papers she has contributed book chapters to works on public health law and public health practice, and to major reports on risk communication. She has considerable experience in, and is an enthusiastic reviewer of, papers and books for this and several other journals.
Associate Professor Samantha Thomas
Samantha Thomas is Associate Professor of Public Health at the School of Health and Development, Deakin University. She is also a Distinguished Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Sports Science, at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. In 2009 she was selected by the Weekend Australian as one of the top ten emerging leaders in health in Australia. Samantha has worked in a range of research and policy roles, including at King’s College London, and the World Health Organisation in Geneva. Specialising in qualitative research and methodologies, Samantha’s research primarily focuses on the impact of corporate practices on the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. She has a particular interest in the role of gambling industry tactics in the development of gambling harm, has provided invited testimony to a number of government parliamentary inquiries into gambling, and is a passionate advocate for gambling reform.
Dr Melissa Stoneham
Melissa Stoneham brings with her, skills in environmental health, health promotion, public health policy and public health advocacy. Throughout her career, she has worked within the local government sector, a number of state government agencies, International Aid Agencies (Africa and the Pacific) and with QUT and Curtin Universities. Melissa currently holds the position of Deputy Director with the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA based at Curtin University. Her current research interests revolve around evaluating advocacy strategies particularly in the areas of Aboriginal health, local government policy and practices, skin cancer prevention and environment and health. Melissa is a Fellow of both the Public Health Association and Environmental Health Australia.
Dr Bridget Kool
Dr Bridget Kool is a senior lecturer, and Director of the BHSc Honours programme at the University of Auckland. She was a paediatric nurse for 25 years and has since completed a MPH and PhD. Her current research interests focus on injury-related topics including: falls in young and working aged adults, traumatic brain injury, the role of alcohol in injury, trauma outcomes, and child maltreatment. For a number of years she has been involved with building research capacity in Fiji, working closely with Fiji National University. She has recently been appointed the New Zealand President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association. She is an invited member of the Statistics NZ Working Group for Serious Injury Information, and the Major Trauma Clinical Network of NZ.
A/Professor Luke Wolfenden
Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden is a National Health Medical Research Council Fellow at the University of Newcastle. He has previously worked with the U.K Cochrane Centre, as a Health Promotion manager with Hunter New England Population Health and was an invited Visiting Fellow of the World Health Organization. His research seeks to reduce the burden of chronic disease to the community and focuses on i) trialling interventions to reduce modifiable chronic disease risks; ii) trialling dissemination and implementation strategies to increase the adoption of evidence-based chronic disease prevention practices by clinical and community organisations and iii) conducting methodological research to facilitate the translation of research into practice.
Dr Rozanne Bainbridge
Roxanne Bainbridge is a Gungarri Aboriginal woman from South-Western Queensland. She is a Senior Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute at James Cook University where she co-leads the Empowerment Research Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Her position is currently funded by the Australian Research Council through a Discovery Indigenous Award. Roxanne demonstrates multidisciplinary expertise clustered around Aboriginal empowerment, health and wellbeing, and social inclusion: her methodological expertise lies particularly in participatory and action-oriented research approaches; grounded theory; systematic literature reviews; and auto/ethnographic approaches. She has led research across a number of projects in Aboriginal health and wellbeing (e.g. mental health, palliative care for end-stage renal patients, social and emotional wellbeing and health promotion) and education (e.g. engagement, pedagogy, school transitions, inclusive practice and mentoring).